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The Art of Tempest
  Laura Schmidt, also known as Tempest, has been studying art since the age of 3, and over the last 20 years has received numerous awards and recognition internationally for her work. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Printmaking, but works in a variety of 2D and 3D media, including painting, drawing, ceramics, and jewelry. Tempest has a particular love for working in mixed media, relating the many different pieces and techniques to threads in a woven pattern-perfect for the weaving the world of Myth.

Two years ago, Tempest became interested in the art of Middle Eastern Dance and immediately got hooked, finding it extremely rewarding physically, emotionally, and spiritually. During her time in Providence, RI, she took classes with Sabra Jamal (oriental and folkloric styles), formed Zingari, a dance and percussion group, and founded and organized "Between the Veils" event (an evening of belly dance to benefit Sojourner House..soon to be coming now to both East and West coasts!)

In November of 2001, Tempest and her husband Keith headed west 3000 miles to "belly dance central," aka California. She is now a proud member of the Bay Area MECDA, and currently takes classes with Azar of Mystic Sun Studios as well as Fat Chance Belly Dance. She also works at the Psychic Eye Bookshop in Mountain View as a Tarot reader, spiritual counselor, and instructor of Metaphysics, which gives her happily more time to work on her art and enjoy dancing!

In addition, Tempest is the Associate Editor and Creative Director for Crescent Magazine: a Pagan publication of art, philosophy, and belief, as well as a member of NorthWind Studios, and co-partner in the Mythic Corridors (www.mythiccorridors) and The Burning Times ( projects.

Tempest looks forward to exploring Middle Eastern dance more fully in her artwork, as well as through costume making, set design, and of course dancing!

The first image, "Dance," is inspired by the Minoan priestesses and is a monotype/mixed media

The second one is an's just fun and kinky, "Serpentina."

"Baladi #11, Snake Dance"
mixed media, gold leaf on rag paper

"Baladi #8, Tribal Pair"
mixed media on rag paper

"Baladi #13, Cane Dancer"
mixed media, gold leaf on rag paper

"Baladi #14, Peacock"
mixed media, gold leaf on rag paper

"Ghawazee Moon"
pen and ink on rag paper

"Rose of the Orient"
digital collage

photo of the artist, Tempest, dancing


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10-25-04 "The First Tribal Cafe" by Tempest
It was the first all tribal belly dance event sponsored by MECDA IE and took place on August 21st, 2004 in Montclair, California.

5-24-04 "Dancing Darkly" The Phenomenon of Gothic Belly Dance by Tempest
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5-26-02 Winners announced! Belly Dancer of the Year 2002
in Benicia California. More details and photos to follow

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5-19-02 Rakkasah West Festival 2002 Sunday Photos by Susie
Dalia Carella, Eva Cernik, Suhaila Dance Company, Ma'Shuqa, Parri and more....


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